#FindJoziFlash17 – Time to enter the competition! $20 Amazon Gift Card up for grabs! Go, go, go!

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Due to the fact that I’m useless with Time zones and didn’t factor in the fact that many people are behind South Africa – we’ve made an executive decision to extend the entry deadline to Sunday, 5th November 2017, Midnight GMT+2. That gives you an extra TWO days to read the info pack, find the people who match the clues (conveniently provided below) and enter the draw. What are you waiting for?! Go! Now!

Who knew time could go by so quickly! A week ago, the authors of Jozi Flash 2017 launched our cover reveal treasure hunt!

Ten clues, across ten different social media sites, led to the reveal of our gorgeous cover on Nthato Morakabi’s site yesterday! For those of you who missed it (where were you?!) behold the beauty that is the Jozi Flash 2017 cover:

Jozi Flash 2017 web

And for those of you who would LOVE to win the $20 Amazon Gift Card (because who doesn’t want to buy more books?!) here are the ten clues once again to help you out:

Clues 1

Clues 2

Clues 3

Download your Jozi Flash ’17 Info Pack to figure out who the participants were for each clue, and leave your comments below or on the #FindJoziFlash17 post before Midnight GMT+2 on 5th November 2017.



#FindJoziFlash17 is well underway and I need to make a decision!

We’re on day four of the #FindJoziFlash17 treasure hunt, and the anticipation is building!

Most of my time is being spent on final edits and making sure everything is progressing smoothly. We still don’t have a release date for the actual anthology (cue panic!) but it won’t be long now.

So here is the decision I need to make, lovely treasure hunters:

It occurred to me that sometimes, when treasure hunters are hunting treasures, they are offered assistance by some benign mentor along the way. In my capacity as self-appointed benign mentor*, I would like you to help me decide whether or not to offer this assistance during the hunt.

Kindly pause in your quest, and take a moment to vote below:

Survey Monkey Poll

Voting will close at midnight, GMT+2 on the 27th October 2017.

*Because no one else wanted the job.

Editing Tips Tuesday – Self-Editing (what is it, and why do I need it?)

What is self-editing you ask?

Well, it could mean one of two things:

  1. Editing your own writing.
  2. Editing yourself.

In this instance, I want to discuss the second meaning.

Here’s the thing. We’re busy hosting a treasure hunt across social media to market the upcoming release of Jozi Flash 2017. It’s a big deal for me, because I’m the publisher and editor of the anthology. I’m also a contributing author. Along with nine other extremely talented authors and one amazing artist, we’ve created a collection of flash fiction stories across eight genres and we’re going to be offering it as a FREE download.

In deciding how to market it, I had to consider the following:

  • What image do I want to give of Chasing Dreams Publishing?
  • What image do I want the contributing authors to give of themselves and their writing?
  • How do I ensure that in giving access to their individual social media sites, they maintain the high standard that I expect of myself (and therefore of others) on their sites?

The last was a major concern for me, because I am a perfectionist. I like everything to be pretty and neat and professional to a degree. But here’s the thing – that’s me. It’s not necessarily any of the other authors. And while I could potentially request that the authors edit themselves for the sake of fitting into the mould, that wouldn’t really be fair.

Which got me to thinking about how many authors, artists and other professionals who use social media intentionally hide aspects of their personalities in order to be more professional. It made me wonder how many people are forced to sign contracts that require editing aspects of themselves out of their social media.

I get it, I really do. There are levels of professionalism that need to be maintained when you’re trying to build a solid business as an author/blogger/artist/etc. The fact remains though, that these professionals are also, in most cases, individuals. Real people with real lives and their social media should be their responsibility to manage.

Which is why, when the Jozi Flash contributors and I had the discussion about branding themselves as authors, I didn’t ask them to censor themselves. I didn’t ask them to pretend to be people they’re not. I just asked that they be sure that the image they portray on their media, is one that they’re comfortable with.

So today, for self-editing, I’m going to give you some tips on what to do, and what not to do when you’re marketing yourself as a professional on social media.

Tips for self-editing on social media:

  • Be yourself. Authentic and genuine. No one else can be who you are, so don’t try to be someone else.
  • Be positive. Negative comments about yourself or others tends to leave others with a negative perception of you. This includes running yourself or your work down for any reason. It’s not a pretty picture. Don’t do it.
  • Be respectful. Not everyone is going to agree with or like you, but the great thing about social media is, they don’t have to follow you, and you don’t have to respond to them. There are unfollow and unsubscribe buttons for a reason!
  • Be proud of yourself. I cannot stress this one enough! As creators, we tend to be cursed with insecurities and doubts about our work. We put it out there on social media, hoping for validation from complete strangers. It may never come. The only one who can truly validate your work, is you. So be proud of what you do.
  • Be open to growth and learning. Criticism, even when it’s constructive, can hurt a lot, but it’s an invaluable tool to improving your craft, and even yourself. If it hurts, it’s because there’s an aspect of truth in it, and that’s an opportunity to improve.
  • Be grateful. For opportunities, for people, for life. Gratitude inspires gratitude in others, and generally leads to all-round happiness.
  • Be opinionated. Opinions matter. They lead to critical thinking, which leads to discernment which is next on the list.
  • Be discerning. Ask yourself whether it’s necessary to post something, and if you’re following the above pointers by doing so. If you are, then hit that share button. If you’re not, perhaps you may want to reconsider why you want to share it.

At the end of the day, when social media is properly utilised, it becomes a super-power for individuals all around the world. It’s your responsibility to decide whether you’re going to be a hero or a villain. If you lean towards the latter, at least make sure that your villainy isn’t just a troll in a cape.

Are you a hero or villain? Do you ever edit out stuff you would like to say because it may not be professional? And finally, have you seen our #FindJoziFlash17 treasure hunt?* The second clue is up on Justin’s Twitter!**

*This is unabashed promotion of the hunt, I know. I would apologise, but I don’t feel guilty at all. I’m excited for this event! Share it across EVERYWHERE!

**Better go grab that clue! There’s a $20 Amazon Gift Card for the winner!





Monday Writing Prompt makes way for #FindJoziFlash 17

So it’s finally, FINALLY, here!

To celebrate the cover reveal of Jozi Flash 2017, the amazing authors and artist have come together to host a treasure hunt across their social media!

Not only is this about giving the creators some exposure as authors, it’s also about making the reveal as exciting and fun for you, the readers, as it is for us.

So onto the nitty gritty details. The rules are posted below, but they are also in the downloadable Jozi Flash ’17 Info Pack. This pack is super-important because it contains all the info you need to solve the clues about where each piece of the cover will be hidden.

We want this to be interactive and entertaining, so when you find a clue on one of the sites, please like it, or leave a comment or follow the author/artist. It’s not compulsory, but it makes our day! 🙂

Also, just in case you don’t adore treasure hunts and wonder why you should bother participating – the winner of the hunt will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Which you can spend. On books. Or, you know… anything on Amazon. And that’s pretty cool. 😉


  1. Download the #FindJoziFlash17 Info Pack from https://chasingdreamspublishing.wordpress.com
  2. Print page 4 of the Info Pack in order to save details about the hunt.
  3. Read through the pack to get to know the authors and artist (participants), and find their social media links.
  4. One clue will be posted each day starting from the 23rd October 2017 and running until the 2nd November 2017.
  5. The clues will lead to one of the participants’ social media sites and will be posted at random times.
  6. Make a note of who posted each clue on the relevant days and which social media site they used.
  7. Once the cover is revealed on the 2nd November 2017, return to this post and leave a comment listing the order in which the clues appeared.
  8. The competition will be open until midnight GMT+2 on the 3rd November 2017.
  9. The winner will be randomly selected from the correct entries and announced by the 5th November 2017
  10. Friends and family members of the participants are illegible for entry.
  11. The winner will be notified by e-mail and will have a week to claim their prize.
  12. The prize is a $20 Amazon Gift Card and is not exchangeable for cash.
  13. The draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

FIRST CLUE: This author shares an initial with Jim Butcher, one of his greatest writing influences. His favourite social media site is Twitter. He will post the second clue there tomorrow, Tuesday 24th October 2017.

Good luck!